Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!
Photography for females - Despite the growth in the number of female photographers women are still out numbered in this field by men and here at ePHOTOzine we wondered why. Laura Rowley investigates.
One reason for females not taking-up photography is they are not taken as seriously as they should be. Booboocat who is a member of ePHOTOzine said: "When I take photos of steam trains, I get some odd looks from all the guys there. I think they seem surprised at the idea of a woman being interested in what is classed as a male activity."
Many manufacturers are now trying to entice more women into the male dominated market by producing pink cameras. They hope it will encourage women who are non-professional to buy into new technology and become more involved.
Kelly Williams, a photography enthusiast said: "I have a digital camera which is pink and I think it defiantly encourages women to use their cameras more because it looks good and you can take anywhere."
Before the introduction of pink cameras the market place was overcrowded with cameras which didn't have many appealing qualities for non-professional photographers. But now manufacturers have realised this and are now making cameras pink and fashionable, however, some believe that this has taken the focus away from the technological side and now people go into the shop or browse the internet for something that looks nice rather than looking at how it works.
dcash29 who is a member of ePHOTOzine said: "Lets face it, if the companies wanted to improve photography dramatically we'd have had less pixels and more dynamic range and other more useful features by now."
Clubs, societies and photography websites are another place where female photographers are now more than welcome to join. Here at ePHOTOzine we have seen a 9% rise in female members over the last seven years and Peter Mason from the Sheffield Photographic Society believes that female members of their group have improved things greatly.
He said: "We are proud of how many female members we have. However, some photographic societies are almost exclusively male and I personally think having female members improves the atmosphere at meetings enormously."
A new magazine called Photography for fun is also being produced later this year which is aimed at non professional photographers, predominantly females who are aged between 25-44 and are also mothers.
Andy Rice, publisher of Photography for fun said: "Photography for fun predominantly promotes photography. The market place is cluttered and it only serves hobbyists, this magazine will help create and inspire people to become more creative. At the moment the market is suffering from a concerning trend because people generally take photos and leave them on a computer, I want them to see people doing something with those images."